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EMPLOYMENT

AND CRIMINAL RECORDS 

Building Stronger Pathways to Work and Reducing the Impact of Holding a Criminal Record 

Criminal Records

 

Holding a criminal record is one of the biggest barriers survivors face, when 

forced to disclose their record, women 

report marginalisation, stigma, and the pain of having to relive past experiences. In addition many employers and other services - such as schools and voluntary jobs - are reluctant to give women opportunities once convictions have been disclosed. We believe that it is crucial to remove this barrier.

Employment

 

Employment and other meaningful activities are essential to maintaining a life outside of the sex industry. Many women feel that their choices are extremely limited and because of gaps in their CV, as well as loss of confidence and lack of opportunity and support, women find it difficult to access these roles. We believe that true transformation is only complete when women have access to these opportunities. 

Good Lives Model 

 

We don't find it acceptable to only offer support aimed at crisi intervention and safety without seeking to help people to build a life that is postive and fulfilling for them. Simply addressing immediate needs and then leaving people without any further support leads to poorer outcomes and higher long term support needs. Besides that, we beleive that everyone has the right to a "Good Life" not just a "Life". For more about this model, see here

Quality and Ethos

 

When it comes to service provision, having a label is not enough. It is the quality and ethos of the service that really makes the difference to women's lives. We encourage services to take the issue of criminal records and employment seriously, and to know and believe that every service user can overcome their barriers once they are given access to the right opportunities.  

Promoting Hope 

 

One of the most important aspects of the work that services do is to generate hope. This is essential for opening up the possibility of change in people's lives. Without hope, people simply do not make change, even when they may be very unhappy in their current situation. We encourage services to make possibility a part of their ethos, to open up conversations about women's option, and to always believe in their strengths.  

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Resources 

These resources are specific to employment and criminal records, for resources relating to exiting services see here 

 

 

Core Approach

Promoting Strengths 

NIA Report

"I'm No Criminal"

 

Examining the impact of prostitution-specific criminal records on women seeking to exit prostitution

Criminal Records

Legal Remedies in the UK

 

Examining the possibility of expungement for prostitution related offences 

GLOBAL TOOLKIT 

 

Eradicating the impact of holding a criminal record for historic prostitution offences

Broadfoot Case

 

Pioneering case establishing that disclosure of prostitution convictions violates human rights

COMING IN 2019:

 

A TOOLKIT FOR ADDRESSING THE ISSUE OF HOLDING A CRIMINAL RECORD - INCLUDING CAMPAIGNING FOR EXPUNGEMENT AND OTHER MEASURES

Legal Challenges to DBS System

 

A number of test cases, including the Broadfoot case, which are challenging the system of criminal records disclosure.

See here for recent decision.

Employment

Return on Investment Tool

 

Evidences the benefits of helping people to find sustainable employment

Pros

 

Details of the benefits of employing ex offenders and homeless people: with many factors overlapping with those affected by CSE

Pitfalls

 

A case study on how the wrong kind of employment programmes can lead to negative outcomes

COMING IN 2019:

 

A TOOLKIT FOR BETTER PROMOTION OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY CSE, INCLUDING IDENTIFYING READINESS FOR EMPLOYMENT, SKILLS, AND OPPORTUNITY

About Employment

 

Specialists in all things employment

See Our Database of Services and Organisations that Support Employment and Remedy the Effect of Holding a Criminal Record HERE

What is needed in relation to Employment?:

News and Inspiration

Life Coaching

 

We believe in coaching for both survivors (to support role transition) and practitioners (to support organisational development). Spark is a case study on offering this in prisons

Employment Suppport

 

We have plans in place for promoting collaboration with recruitment proviers, Renaisi is a case study in gold standard employment support

Changing Attitudes

 

Breaking down barriers to employment involves communicating the needs and value of survivors of CSE as employees/volunteers. Working Chance is a case study in transforming attitudes.

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​​Contact us: info@sase.org.uk

 

Registered Charity Number 1178794794.